Health Advocacy Campaign: An Amendment To The Health Advocacy Campaign

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Health Advocacy Campaign It is estimated that more than ten percent, over 10 million adults, are affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States (Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). The purpose of this paper is to discuss how the purposed policy can be enacted to amend a policy that will improve access to health care for chronic kidney disease patients. This will be accomplished by proposing an amendment to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to make the use of medical homes mandatory for those diagnosed with stage III kidney disease. The medical homes can make one provider accountable for the health care needs of chronic kidney disease patients. Population Health Issue Per the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 10…show more content…
NKF works with Congress, federal agencies, state government to further legislation and regulations that improve the quality of care and quality of life for kidney disease patients (National Kidney Foundation [NKF], 2016). NKF is involved in policy committees that are led by patients and health care providers. NKF collaborates with other leading organizations like the American Heart Association to end the endemic of cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. Their campaign is meant to alert Americans of the cardiovascular risk associated with high blood pressure and its effects. The goal of the program is to help 13.6 million people take control of their uncontrolled high blood pressure by 2020 (National Kidney Foundation & American Heart Association,…show more content…
The access to care is improved by eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions and waiting periods. Those without insurance can now be potentially covered through state Medicaid or the health insurance marketplace. Access to care can further be improved with the amendment of §2703 of the ACA to expand on the use of medical homes specifically for kidney disease patients. Medical homes are patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety (Patient- Center, n.d.). The use of medical homes would identify one provider to oversee the health care needs of individual patients. Medical homes can help with follow up when patients are in the hospital to decrease readmission rates. Medical homes can assist the patients with multiple diagnoses and improve outcomes related to medication adherence. Collaboration between the federal government and state and local government agencies with AKF and NKF working together on funding can support the use of medical homes. An advocacy campaign to support the use of medical homes can be developed that includes patients, health care professionals, families and

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